Absent since November 2019 and his defeat to Jorge Masvidal for the “BMF” title, legend Nate Diaz will likely be again in the octagon on May 15 at UFC 262 for a welterweight battle towards Briton Leon Edwards. A shock that can happen in 5 rounds, a historic first for an untitled battle in play which isn’t the “main event” of the night.
He has by no means received a belt in the UFC (or elsewhere), even that of the “Baddest Motherfucker” who represents him a lot. His profession file, 20-12, is much from the greatest in historical past. But when Nate diaz preventing in the octagon, like his huge brother Nick by the means, you may be positive the world of MMA has their eyes on the display. Legend of his self-discipline, born fighter who by no means hesitates to launch into a “war”, the winner of the present The Ultimate Fighter 5 (in 2007) has an immense aura and mystique round its identify.
A notoriety that had exploded past the circle of insiders when the boy from Stockton (California) had inflicted, in March 2016, his first defeat in the UFC to a Conor McGregor who got here out of his categorical victory over José Aldo for the title feathers. MMA and UFC aficionados love Diaz, you recognize, and love to watch him battle. That’s good, they’ll have the alternative on May 15. It’s the good shock of the day: greater than a 12 months and a half after his final look in the cage, a defeat on Jorge Masvidal for the title “BMF” in early November 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York (medical stop after the third round due to cuts), the Californian will return to Houston (Texas) for the UFC 262 occasion the place he’ll face Briton Leon Edwards.
Number 3 in the welterweight title challengers, the latter might have confronted the no 1 in this rating, Colby Covington, however the UFC couldn’t agree with the American. Edwards, launched on a streak of 9 unbeaten fights (the final date of December 2015) together with eight wins, remains on a “no contest” against Belal Muhammad – he had dealt her an unintentional blow in the eye, which had made it needed to cease the battle – mid-March after greater than a 12 months with out a battle and now hopes to beat Diaz to safe a assembly for the title with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
But we are able to make sure that Nate, who has a 3-2 file on his final 5 outings in the Octagon, doesn’t hear it that means and intends to create a shock to place himself at the high of this class. Their conflict may even be a first: the UFC has deliberate the factor in 5 rounds, which has by no means occurred in the historical past of the group for an untitled battle in play that isn’t the “main event” of an occasion. The most important occasion will pit Brazilian Charles Oliveira towards American Michael Chandler for the light-weight title, which grew to become vacant with the retirement of now undefeated ex-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. A battle that makes you need to. But with Nate Diaz on the schedule, the card of this UFC 262 instantly takes on an extra shine.